Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park - 1 day

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Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Main ridge of Piatra Craiului
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Main ridge of Piatra Craiului
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Sheep farm
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - James
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Curmatura hut
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Zarnesti Gorges
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Sheep farm
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Cheese making
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  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - To the main ridge
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Hiking to the main ridge
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Curmatura saddle
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Main ridge
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  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Zanoaga meadow
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Sheepfarm in Curmatura meadow
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - To the main ridge
  • Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park  - 1 day - Nice job
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Age range12-99
Country RegionBrasov, Magura, Pestera, Piatra Craiului National Park
DifficultyMedium
Number of days1
Operating languagesEnglish, Romanian
Points of interestCurmatura mountain hut, Zarnesti Gorges
Tour typeHiking, Private tour, Wildlife tracks, Winter tours

Description Private Active trekking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park - 1 day

1 day private trekking tour in one of the greatest mountain in Romania. The main ridge is regarded as one of the most beautiful sites in the Carpathians.


This private hiking trip is a great opportunity to explore Piatra Craiului National Park in the Carpathian Mountains, an area pretty much untouched by the 21st century. Trek past gorges, forests and pastures where mountain shepherds still work, and see a side of Romania that's hardly changed in generations.

Hike among the spectacular Carpathian Mountains on a guided, private-group tour of Piatra Craiului National Park from Brașov. Follow one of two routes on a 5- to 7-hour hike through alpine meadows, fragrant forests and/or country villages that seem untouched by time. See the cavernous Zarnesti Gorge, and learn about the traditional rural industries of cheese-making and shepherding. Refuel with hearty Romanian fare at either a mountain hut or a local village.

The grade of the tour is ranked T1 or T2 from Swiss Alpine Club (see please https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAC-Wanderskala), depending of the route we choose.

T1 - Hiking. Path well paved. Terrain flat or slightly sloping, no danger of falling. Doable with sneakers. Orientation without problems, even without a map.

T2 - Mountain hiking. Path with continuous route and balanced slopes. Terrain partly steep, danger of falling not excluded. Some surefootedness. Trekking shoes are recommended. Elementary orientation skills.

Did you know?

The name of the mountain came from one of the citadels built by the Hungarian Kingdom, as a custom, control and protection point, at the southern border of Transylvania, at the bottom of the mountains, at the end of XIV century. The name of the citadel in German language was Königstein.

The locals called the mountain The Stone (Piatra).

The name of the highest peak (2238 m) is called Piscul Ciobanului or Piscul Baciului - Shepherd's Peak in English language and Hirtenspitze in German language.

A century ago the Carpathians mountains represented the border between Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Valachia, the southern part of Romania. The border divided Piatra Craiului Massif exactly on the highest peak, Piscul Baciului, where was the border pillar no. 201 and a pyramide made from wood (triangulation beacon).

The Piatra Craiului Massif became a natural reserve on March 28, 1938 (Journal of the Council of Ministers No. 645), with an initial surface of only 440 ha. The Council of Ministers made this decision "due to the unique nature of the massif where there are rare species, such as Dianthus callizonus, Hesperis nivea, Minuartia transilvanica, Leontopodium alpinum, and also for the beauty of the landscape."

Rates:

  • 158 euro for 1 person

  • 89 euro/person for minimum 2 people

The package includes:

  • transportation, licensed English speaking mountain guide

Not included:

  • entrance fee in the National Park (10 lei - about 2 euro), lunch (about 7-10 euro)

Duration: approx. 8 h, medium, excellent view throughout the day, uphill/downhill walk: 700 m/700 m.

Highlights: Piatra Craiului National Park, Curmatura hut, Zarnesti Gorges

Guaranteed departures: all year round.

Meeting point: The History Museum Piata Sfatului Square – 8:30 AM. Our guide holds the sign "Meeting Point GUARANTEED DEPARTURES DAY TOURS”.

Important: You have to make the booking 1 day in advance until 9 PM!

Additional info

  • Dress warmly: Compulsory sturdy and waterproof hiking boots and clothes; warm clothes recommended

  • Route may be changed without notice due to weather conditions

Fact: people in these 2 villages never died because of heart attack or cancer!

Route: Piatra Craiului National Park, crossing Zarnesti Gorges. Visit two of the most authentic mountain villages: Pestera & Magura or hike to Curmatura hut. Between June and September we make a stop to an authentic sheep farm.

Details about trekking tour:

- optimal time: June - October
- number of participants: minimum 1, maximum 8.
- transportation is made by car or minibus.
- mountain tour requires a very good physical shape, with resistance to hard effort.
- licensed mountain guide during the entire trekking tour.
- the route could be changed because of the weather conditions.

Required equipment for adventure

Important Information

  • Your local contact is Active Travel Day Tours on 0040728804952.

  • Please note: Complimentary pick-up from Brasov is offered for this tour/activity. If you require this service you must contact Active Travel Day Tours at

    at least 24 Day(s) prior to your tour/activity date to verify your pick-up time and pick-up location. If you are not arriving within the specified timeframe, please contact Active Travel Day Tours prior to your travels, or immediately upon arrival at your destination.

  • Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

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Elena

25.jun.2024

Great experience

We are a couple and we had a private hiking tour under the Shepherd’s peak. The views were amazing! Our guide was very experienced giving us info for the area as well as hiking tips! I recommend adventure tours! The service was great from the start when organising the tour, communication with them and guiding!

Tudor

21.jun.2024

Piatra Craiului

Absolutely recommend Active Travel. The guide and the overall service were irreproachable!

Diana R

27.apr.2024

Safe and enjoyable tour

Lovely guide, very knowledgeable of the best views, and of course safety protocols while on the mountain. We found the folklore tales very enjoyable. Nature has a way of healing and I would 1000% recommend this tour!

Lauren

18.apr.2024

Beautiful view amazing guide

I booked this tour last minute after another amazing tour with the same company. The guide Mihai took into account my fitness level and we did a lot of miles and even some climbing/ scrambling. He encouraged me the whole way, patient, and so knowledgeable about all the flora & fauna. This is an experience not to be missed! Thank you so much Mihai and Marian.

Hannah

09.oct.2023

Stunning mountain hike

Our guide was Mihai who was a brilliant mountain guide. My partner had sprained his ankle a few days before and wasn't as mobile as normal but Mihai adapted the route for us with no problems and we still covered lots of ground (almost 15km which isn't bad on a sprained ankle!) and the views were stunning. Mihai gave us lots of information about the local wildlife and ways of life as we went around, but with a really nice balance of quiet to take in the beautiful scenery.

Sherry

17.oct.2023

Stunning views

My friend and I really enjoyed this experience and it was the highlight of our trip in Romania. Isti was really great! He told us lots of interesting facts about the history of Romania and ensured we were happy the whole way through the hike. He carried our coats and water bottles which was really kind of him. He targeted the walk at our level which we appreciated. He also stopped by Bran castle so we could take photos. We would definitely recommend to others interested in booking this trip!

Jaffa

06.nov.2023

The land, the people, the place.

The hike is a great way to stay within your ability level and still see and experience some amazing scenery. Our guide was so knowledgeable and generous it was value add on value add. Not only a great way to appreciate the natural environment, but also the history and culture of a unique people and their country.